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Pokemon leak hints at return to Sinnoh, but no Diamond or Pearl remake

Published: 27/Aug/2020 0:01

by Paul Cot

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The leaks keep coming and this time it’s about the ever-pressing topic of a Pokemon Diamond and Pearl remake.

A long-awaited return to the Sinnoh region has been a talking point among Pokemon fans for years now. It appears to have even been teased by the Pokemon Company themselves.

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Now though, yet another leak is adding fuel to the already enraging fire that is a Gen 4 remake. It isn’t quite what it seems, though.

As with all leaks, it is important to take them with a grain of salt. This particular one is certainly questionable, but we’re sharing it so you can make up your own mind.

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Sinnoh Region Map
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A return to the Sinnoh region could be on the cards but not how you think…

A new game but set in Sinnoh

Firstly, the leak claims that the return to Sinnoh won’t be a Pokemon Diamond and Pearl remake. This means the next mainline game will reportedly be set in Sinnoh, but won’t be the remaster many trainers were looking forward to.

There will likely be mixed reactions to this within the Pokemon community. After all, trainers have been expecting a remaster of Diamond/Pearl for a long time now.

Gears of Eternity / Orbs of Infinity

The working titles of the games are Pokemon Gears of Eternity and Pokemon Orbs of Infinity. These are apparently a translation of whatever the working title in Japan is, so don’t expect them to be final.

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Nevertheless, these titles differ from past Pokemon games. Previous games have stuck to colors for their names, although the latest games have of course gone in a slightly different direction with Sun, Moon, Sword, and Shield.

Further details

The leak goes on to list additional details about the supposed upcoming games, too:

  • There will be no gym challenge, but there will still be type specialists to face throughout
  • Type specialists are split into two teams depending on which version you’re playing
  • One version will use Megas and the other Dynamax
  • There will be an Elite 4 and champion to battle

The split between Mega Evolutions and Dynamax seems strange and certainly doesn’t give the leak any additional credibility. However, it is claimed the story is “about how the respective Legendary had distorted time and space to allow Mega/Dynamax to occur.” Make of that what you will.

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Again, this is all unsubstantiated information and should be taken as such. We now have several options for what the next mainline game will be: Pokemon Let’s Go Johto, Diamond Pearl remake, or a new game set in Sinnoh. The rumors will no doubt continue.

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Pokemon Go November Community Day rumors: Who will headline?

Published: 7/Oct/2020 14:59

by Paul Cot

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The Pokemon Go November Community Day is still a good month away, but that hasn’t stopped trainers speculating as to what the headliner could be.

November is of course the penultimate Pokemon Go Community Day of the year. It is also the last one in which Pokemon fans will try to predict the headliner.

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That is because the December CD is traditionally a mega Community Day of sorts. It brings the previous headliners from that year and makes them all available in one event.

Presumably, it will be the same for 2020. It is a day in which Pokemon Go trainers of all levels do their best to make sure they don’t miss out on!

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Before we get there though, we still need to find out what the 10th headliner of 2020 will be. That isn’t a typo, as there will only be 11 in total this year because March’s CD was canceled due to the global health crisis – you may have heard about it.

No vote for November?

Niantic have made it a habit of letting us decide which Pokemon headline Community Days in 2020. In fact, 5 of the 10 from 2020 have been decided via vote.

The latest two votes however, have decided the following two Community Days. With October already in place with Charmander, there is only November to decide.

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While that doesn’t rule out another vote entirely, it would seemingly make it less likely November’s would be decided by one.

Snivy

So, if it isn’t to be decided by us, who are the contenders. The one that first comes to mind is Snivy.

Ever since Piplup headlined in January, we haven’t had another starter, at least a new one. At the time it was expected Snivy would be the featured ‘mon for March, which would have been in line with Niantic’s pattern of alternating between starter and non-starters.

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Snivy may have been delayed because the Pokemon Go developers realized they were running out of starter ‘mons to use. Of the released Pokemon in the mobile game, it is only the Gen 5 starters that haven’t headlined, although Gen 6’s introduction is expected soon. So, 10 months on from the last one, it could be time for the Unova grass-type starter.

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Snivy would seemingly be the leading contender for the November CD…

Deino or Gible?

Deino and Gible are two of the more popular Pokemon in the entire franchise and have been rumored as headliners. Unfortunately, that is why either of them making an appearance may be wishful thinking.

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Both are super rare spawns and putting them as a featured Pokemon for a Community Day would certainly take away from their current allure. Besides, Niantic likely knows they can rely on them to boost other events, even if they do remain rare spawn rates.

Hopefully, they will headline a Community Day at some point in the future but 2020 seems unlikely at best.

Other contenders

The other most likely candidates for November are Exeggcute and Starly. Both were previously revealed to be included in another vote which never materialized.

Bulbasaur and Magikarp were also in there but the latter has already headlined in 2020, and Bulbasaur seems an unlikely option outside of a vote.

The Pokemon Go CD will likely take place in the second half of November. The 22nd seems the most likely day as this would keep distance between the previous one and adhere to alternating Saturday and Sundays.